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BP burning endangered sea turtles alive

By MoveOn.org

News recently emerged from the Gulf Coast that BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive.

That’s right. BP is using “controlled burns” to contain the oil spill, and any turtles that are not removed from the area before the fire is lit are literally burned alive.

A boat captain who has been leading efforts to rescue the endangered turtles says BP has blocked his crews from entering the areas where the animals are trapped, effectively shutting down the rescue operation. Continue reading BP burning endangered sea turtles alive

BP should face cruelty charges

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

BP has more than the loss of human life, livelihoods and tourism to answer for. And so do the government inspectors who allowed this corporation—as seemingly greedy as the bankers, mining companies and marine park owners whose careless conduct has resulted in similar destruction—to put profit over safety.

If the criminal investigation of BP and those who signed off on the drill-site inspection sheets and safety assurances shows willful fraud and deception, dereliction of duty, bribes or who knows what else, there is one additional set of criminal charges that should be added to the list: cruelty to animals. For this is the largest case of cruelty to animals in U.S. history.

We are being spared, for political reasons, some think, but mercifully perhaps, most of the photographs of the animals who have died and are still dying, slowly, painfully, not just coated but drenched in oil. Continue reading BP should face cruelty charges

BP’s oil spill: mega-disaster or mega-crime?

By Christopher Horton

Was the Hurricane Katrina disaster natural or man-made? And if man-made, was it negligence, stupidity or a crime? Hurricanes happen, but the death and destruction was arguably mostly man-made – Bush was on record as opposing spending on the levees that would have saved the city. Should he have faced criminal charges for that?

Now we have the same questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill now underway in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has been fibbing about the size of this mega-disaster, and their ability to stop it appears doubtful. It may already be the second largest spill in history, with no end in sight. The oil appears to be shooting from multiple vents, moving below as well as on the surface. It could well destroy all the fisheries, natural habitats and tourist industries along thousands of miles of Gulf coast, and it will probably enter the Gulf Stream, which will bring it into the New England fishing grounds within months.

Was this disaster natural or man-made? That’s a no brainer; of course it was man-made. God didn’t drill those holes into the Gulf seabed! Even if a hurricane or lightning strike had set it off, it would still be a man-made disaster. Continue reading BP’s oil spill: mega-disaster or mega-crime?